ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Southwest BRT project is one of four additions to The City’s primary transit network. The four new projects fill important gaps in the existing transit network, and provide Calgarians with efficient, reliable connections to major destinations. The Southwest BRT includes new stations along the length of the route, and construction of new bus-only travel lanes on 14 Street S.W. between Southland Drive and 75 Avenue S.W. Buses will run in mixed traffic along the rest of the route, except on portions of Glenmore Trail and Crowchild Trail, where buses will use the shoulder lane to bypass traffic in rush hour.

The new Southwest BRT will run from Downtown Calgary to Woodbine, and provides direct connections to major destinations that are currently underserviced by transit, such as Southland Leisure Centre, Glenmore Landing, Heritage Park, Rockyview Hospital, Mount Royal University, Lincoln Park, Currie Barracks, and Marda Loop.

Click the following link for more information on the Southwest BRT.


SOUTHWEST BRT VIDEO

WHAT IS BUS RAPID TRANSIT

BRT is a fast, reliable bus service achieved by dedicated bus lanes and prioritizing buses at traffic signals. BRT is a cost effective approach to providing a high quality transit service at a fraction of the construction cost of LRT (CTrains). By providing improved transit service without taking away travel lanes for cars, we’re offering competitive choices for Calgarians travelling in Calgary.

BRT routes have fewer stops than a regular bus route, which means they cover more ground, more quickly. The BRT program strongly supports the Calgary Transit Customer Commitment to provide safe, reliable, easy to use, informative, helpful and clean transit service.

All BRT projects are different. Some BRT projects require dedicated bus lanes to run efficiently and reliably, while others operate well in mixed traffic, or on the shoulder of existing roads, such as Crowchild Trail.

Similarly, some BRT projects are built into the heart of under-serviced communities so Calgarians can walk or take a feeder bus to a bus station, while other projects focus more on providing connections to LRT stations and other major destinations.

The City adapts BRT projects to suit the needs of the communities and customers it serves. Decisions about routes, station locations and station size are all dependent on a number of criteria:

  • Existing demand for a service
  • Future/forecasted demand for a service
  • Passenger origins and destinations
  • Pedestrian accessibility
  • Options for traveling to and from BRT stations
  • Station capacity

ROUTE MAP & STATION LOCATIONS


YOUR INPUT

From February 22 - March 8, 2017, we asked for public input on construction staging, the pedestrian bridge at 90 Avenue S.W., station connections, landscaping and parking as part of the final design stage of the Southwest BRT. Input collected during the final phase will be considered as construction plans are developed and before pedestrian bridges, connections to and from stations and landscaping are finalized.

Click on the tiles below to learn more and see what was open for input.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you're looking for more information about noise and noise walls connected to the Southwest BRT, click the tile below.


NEXT STEPS

Feedback and input collected online will be summarized, themed and presented at a stakeholder workshop in March 2017. Stakeholders, including community associations, citizen groups, and institutions, will provide input and feedback on the same topics as we’re asking for online:

  • Pedestrian bridge at 90 Avenue S.W.
  • Construction staging and phasing
  • Station connections (including pedestrian bridge at 75 Avenue S.W.)
  • Parking
  • Landscaping
  • Noise attenuation

The City will post a What We Heard report, including verbatim comments, from both the online engagement and the workshop on the project website, as well as this site in April 2017.